Monday, August 11, 2008

Bosse: No Pay Raises Until Congress Balances the Budget

“50 Days, 50 Ways” Targets Congressional Pay Raises

(Hillsboro) Republican Grant Bosse today proposed new legislation that would block Congressional pay raises unless Congress balances the federal budget. Blocking Congressional pay raises would save taxpayers $2 million a year.

“Until Congress gets a handle on federal spending, balances the budget, and addresses the long-term liabilities of Social Security and Medicare, how can it possibly justify giving itself a raise?’ Bosse asked. “Not only will I refuse any raise until the budget is balanced, I’ll fight to end the automatic pay raises that Congress has guaranteed itself.”

Under current law, Congress received an automatic increase in pay every two years, unless it votes to block that raise. Both Republican and Democratic leadership have repeatedly blocked open votes on Congressional pay in the past. This is the 22nd budget cut Bosse has proposed since launching his “50 Days, 50 Ways to Cut Federal Spending” Initiative.

“It’s only $2 million a year, but maybe if Congress had to earn a raise like American workers, it would be a little more responsible with our money,” Bosse added. “Until they balance the federal budget, they haven’t earned it, and I won’t take it if elected.”

To date, Bosse has proposed more than $10.2 billion in taxpayer savings by eliminating unnecessary federal programs. To learn more about Bosse’s aggressive grassroots campaign, go to

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